By : Eko Prasetyo & Heru Andriyanto | on 5:43 PM March 02, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jokowi, King Salman Vlog From Bogor Palace Lunch

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo once again proves his tech-savviness, vlogging from his lunch with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday (01/03).

King Salman, shown digging into a bowl of soup, spoke a few words of greetings on Jokowi's vlog — a rare opportunity for the general public to hear a personal statement from the Saudi king.

"The Indonesian people are our brothers," King Salman said on the vlog.

King Salman's visit to Indonesia is the first by a Saudi monarch in nearly five decades. The last Saudi king to visit the country before him was King Faisal bin Abdulaziz in 1970.

At the Bogor Palace, Jokowi and King Salman witnessed the signing of various agreements to take down trade barriers and a new agreement between Saudi Arabia's national oil company Aramco and Indonesia's state energy company Pertamina, building on an existing $6 billion plan to expand Indonesia's biggest refinery in Cilacap, Central Java.

During his earlier visit to Malaysia — the first stop in the king's "Asia Tour" which also takes in Japan and China — King Salman and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak engaged in what some have called "selfie-diplomacy," after the Malaysian PM posted a selfie with the Saudi king on his Twitter account @NajibRazak.

President Jokowi himself is no stranger to selfie diplomacy, posting one with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his visit to Sydney last month.

President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana took a selfie with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull in Sydney on Feb. 26, 2017. (State Palace Press Photo) President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana took a selfie with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull in Sydney on Feb. 26, 2017. (State Palace Press Photo)

 

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